Wednesday, 18 July 2012


by John Xero

The Mercy of the Gods shook as it rode the raging space-time distortions. Gravity grasped at the ship from all sides. Alarms shrieked and metal moaned.

Captain Shilo gripped the arms of his chair and shouted to his Helmsman, “Krya.”

Krya yelled back over the screaming starship, “We’re committed now, captain; this trillion dollar ship just became the most expensive barrel ride in history.”

“Courage, Krya,” Shilo replied.

They spiralled down inside a tornado of angry physics.

Somewhere down there was Earth, and the Apocalypse Device. Shilo had never before had to disarm a bomb as it was actually exploding.

Author bio: John Xero is the editor at 101 Fiction.
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  1. This is a barrel ride! How fun!

    A good story makes you want to be in it. I want to be Krya. Or the Captain. Or, hell, the dude watching from his balcony, tea cup in hand, as he watches with dropped jaw a bomb exploding--can he see the hole in the sky where the ship's about to come through? Awesome stuff.

    1. Thanks, Becky. ^_^

      If I was going to watch the world explode, I'd want a cup of tea in hand too... =)

  2. The last line sets up so many possibilities but it gives the narrative a finality, too.
    Adam B @revhappiness

  3. Great writing as always John.

    I think I too would like a spectator's seat for this event. :-)

    1. Be a crazy view, wouldn't it?

      Thank you, Steve. =)

  4. Killer last line John!

    As Becky said as you read you just feel like you want to be in it! It's terrifying and yet seems fun.

    Great concept. Really enjoyed :)

  5. Super action in this John, I felt as if I were on that wild ride with them.

    1. I really seem to have dragged people into this one. =)

      Thank you, Deanna. =)